The Center for Rural Affairs was established in 1973 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit by rural Nebraskans and has since grown to a nationally recognized policy analysis and advocacy organization focused on the upper Midwest and Great Plains. In recent years our national grassroots base has grown to nearly 30,000 individuals including people in all 50 states. Our mission is to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. Our work includes:

* Advocating for federal policies supporting rural community development that reduces poverty, rewards resource stewardship, and strengthens small farms and businesses. In the recent farm bill, the Center won funding for a new microenteprise program to serve low and moderate income rural communities.
* Providing loans, technical assistance and training to small entrepreneurs through our Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP), the nation’s leading statewide rural microenterprise development program.
* Providing comprehensive rural community development services.
* Developing new cooperatives to reach and expand premium markets that reward sustainable agriculture, strengthen family farms, and open the doors of opportunity to beginning farmers.